Saturday, May 11, 2013

Irving Berlin's 125th Birth Anniversary

The incomparable Irving Berlin, America's favorite composer, was a Russian Jewish immigrant who gave us a wonderful repertoire of popular standards. He is the author of the world's favorite Christmas carol, "White Christmas." He also wrote patriotic songs such as, "God Bless America" and "This is the Army." He has been described as a, "great American Minstrel" and lauded by other great composers themselves, such as George Gershwin, who called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived."
Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin singing aboard the USS Arkansas July 25, 1944 - PD-USGOV

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